Truck Bodies and Equipment International Inc. (TBEI), a leading truck body equipment manufacturer, announced the consolidation of the Fulton, New York, plant, which manufactures a number of Crysteel and Rugby brand products, into the Lake Crystal, Minnesota, and Tishomingo, Mississippi, facilities.
Improvements in productivity and capital investments have enabled TBEI to close the Fulton plant while moving its production to other TBEI facilities. This, coupled with planned expansion into the Northeast, West and Midwest via customer support centers, will allow TBEI to better serve all markets. These centers will focus on parts, accessories, and localized services matched to the specific needs of each of these markets.
TBEI has recently realigned its commercial team and is strengthening the focus on precision and performance in that functional area.
“We are leveraging the significant operating improvements we have made to better utilize core manufacturing facilities, and we will be attacking underserved markets like the Northeast and West with new facilities tailored to the specific needs of those markets,” said Dale Pilger, CEO of TBEI. “We have made large investments in our facilities over the past year, which have yielded 25-30% performance improvements in focused areas of these facilities. While this is just scratching the surface of our potential, we are on an exhilarating path with great opportunity to improve stakeholder value and overall customer service and satisfaction.”